Better Than Takeout Mongolian Beef

dinner, steak | March 25, 2016 | By

 

Who doesn’t love takeout and a movie on a Friday night?  The kids and I definitely do, but sometimes we want to enjoy making a copycat recipe of our favorite delivery foods.  This night was one of those nights! 

The dish we copied is one from one of our favorite Asian restaurants, but of course, we adapted it just a touch.  Tonight’s dinner was an amazing Mongolian Beef stir fry.  So simple to make, yet incredibly flavorful.

 

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Asian Turkey Meatball Tortillas

dinner, lunch, taco | March 17, 2016 | By

What kid doesn’t like eating with their hands?  🙂  As sophisticated as my Young Chefs think they are, they don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and saying “goodbye” to the fork.  That’s why stuffed tortillas are a fan favorite in this house.  Whether beef, chicken, or seafood…Chef Jess and Chef Fresh are over the moon.  This time they decided to try something a bit different. 

They have always loved my recipe for Thai Chicken Tortillas, but they wanted to do something a bit different while keeping the flavors.  After some brainstorming…and a bit of bickering, they agreed that ground turkey was the way they would go. 

I was given the veggie chopping task while they seasoned, mixed, and formed the meatballs. 

 

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 The aroma that filled the house was unbelievably amazing!!!!

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Chef Fresh was the first to taste the cooked meatballs, and he did his “happy dance” to show his approval.  (I’ll try to catch this on video because it’s so silly). 

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Chef Fresh made the coleslaw mixture, and they built their own tortillas. turkey taco1

As always, we used the time to talk and bond.  On this day, Chef Jess had a lot on her mind because it was almost time for her school play.  She was pretty nervous because she had a singing solo.  So Chef Fresh and I pretended to be the audience while she sang her part over…and over….and over again. 🙂 

All the practice paid off because she nailed it on the BIG day.  (This is a picture from her actual performance.) 

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Faith, Family, Food…    In that order

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Bon appétit,

Asian Turkey Meatball Tortillas
Serves 8
These turkey meatballs are overflowing with flavor from garlic, ginger, scallions, fish sauce, lime, and a few dashes of sriracha. The cool, tangy and sweet flavor from the slaw helps to make this dish soooo amazingly delicious.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
50 min
For the meatballs
  1. 1.5 pounds Ground Turkey
  2. 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  3. 1½ tablespoons ginger, finely minced
  4. 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  5. 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  6. 1/2 cup yellow pepper
  7. 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  8. 3 teaspoons fish sauce
  9. 1 teaspoon sriracha
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  12. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  13. 1-2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce (for coating the meatballs once they are cooked)
For the cole slaw
  1. 1 14 oz bag cole slaw mix
  2. 10 basil leaves, rolled up and sliced
  3. 5 mint leaves, rolled up and sliced
  4. 5 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  5. 3 scallion, finely sliced
  6. ¼ cup rice vinegar
  7. 5 teaspoons mayo
  8. 4 teaspoons sweet chili sauce
Additional
  1. 1 Radish (very thinly sliced)
  2. 8 Romaine Lettuce leaves
  3. 8 Tortillas
  4. Sliced scallions
  5. Sliced peppers
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. For the meatballs, mix all the ingredients except the sweet chili sauce in a medium bowl until evenly combined (the turkey, scallions, onions, peppers, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, sriracha, salt, pepper, and lime juice)
  3. Form small meatballs and place them on a greased baking sheet
  4. Bake the meatballs for 15-25 minutes or until they are fully cooked through in the middle, flipping once half way through with a spatula
  5. Prepare the coleslaw while the meatballs are cooking.
  6. Combine all your coleslaw ingredients (the bag of coleslaw mix, basil, mint, cilantro, and scallions)
  7. To make your dressing, whisk together the rice vinegar, mayonnaise, and sweet chili sauce in a small bowl and pour over the coleslaw. Toss to coat, and set aside.
  8. Transfer cooked meatballs to a bowl and toss with 1-2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce.
  9. To make the taco, start by layering a lettuce leaf on the tortilla. Spoon some coleslaw on top of the leaves, and layer with three meatballs.
  10. Top some cilantro leaves, a couple radish slices, sliced scallions and peppers, and an extra squeeze of lime juice
Notes
  1. Add more sriracha on top for a kick of flavor. 😉
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Best Burger Ever

bacon, burger, dinner, lunch | March 4, 2016 | By

Have you ever had a burger that makes you want to stomp your feet and fist bump the person sitting next to you? That’s exactly what we did the first time we ate at Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach, FL a few years ago.  I remember biting into the Sweet Caroline burger for the first time, and thinking that it was simply the most amazing thing I had tasted in a very long time.  It’s topped with Vermont White Cheddar, bacon, and sweet barbecue sauce, and I always add the onion jam for an extra awesome kick.  Chef Jess and Chef Fresh usually build their own, but like to keep it simple…with the emphasis on the meat (which is so incredibly juicy!)

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We try to make a pit stop each time we’re in town, but it’s usually several months before we’re able to.  That’s an eternity for burger lovers like us.  Sooo….. we have worked really hard to come up with a recipe that truly rivals our beloved Grease burgers! 

We started by creating a list of what we LOVE in a burger.  Juiciness was top on the list because we all agreed that a dry burger is “a waste of meat.”  Chef Jess said that the cheese choice is big on her list, while Chef Fresh added that bacon is a non-negotiable.  My big thing is texture, and I like a bit of a crunch in my burger which can come from crisp lettuce.  But I really wanted to add crispy fried red onions for an extra pop of crunch. 🙂 

 

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Baked Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cupcakes

breakfast, brunch, snack | March 3, 2016 | By

I don’t know how school mornings go at your house, but in mine it can be very rushed and hectic. The small window of opportunity between 5:30 am when the alarm clock rings and when the kids pile into the car seems to speed by.  I often feel like a broken record…saying the same things over and over.  “Hurry up!”  “Is everything in your book bag?”  “Did you pack your lunch?” and the infamous… “Did you put on deodorant?!?”    With all that craziness, I find little time to cook breakfast???  In addition, the kids ABSOLUTELY can’t stand school food.  That’s why over the years we have come up with creative ways to make tasty, quick, yet healthy breakfast options. 🙂  This recipe is one of Chef Fresh and Chef Jess’ favorite!  Although simple to make, it is full of flavor!

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The beauty in this recipe is that you make it before, and can store it in the fridge for a few days!  Call them cupcakes, and you’re kids will think they’re getting over and having dessert for breakfast.  (lol)  Little do they know that this “cupcake” is actually healthy…yet tastes like a baked smoothie. 

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